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Get the Groceries You Need, But Don’t Panic Buy

Everyone needs access to safe and nutritious food. Buying far more than you need because you are concerned about shortages can result in other families and communities not getting enough.

Food Supply

While the food supply is currently stable in British Columbia, food may be delayed in reaching all regions and communities given impacts to transport networks including roads and railways. During this time, the Province is taking steps to ensure priority goods get to impacted communities and regions to make sure there remains a steady supply of food where and when you need to buy it. This includes taking a more active role in coordinating food distribution by working with key partners across the supply and distribution chain. Your awareness as you make food purchases will help others across the province.

How Often to Shop

Limiting how often you grocery shop (e.g. shopping once per week) is helpful to limit the spread of COVID-19. Grocery pickup and/or delivery is an option at some stores. Delivery is a useful service for people who are not able to leave their homes due to illness or mobility challenges.

How Much to Buy

We continue to ask people to be patient and to only buy what you need, whether it's gas, groceries or, other items.

  • Don't buy a month's supply of things
  • Hoarding will cause a shortage where one doesn't exist
  • There's enough food and other goods if you only buy what you need

People living in rural and remote communities who are not able to shop regularly may need to buy more to make sure they have enough food to last until their next shopping trip. If this is your situation and you need to buy more than limits allow, talk to the store manager before filling your cart.

Stocking Your Pantry

Adding a few extra canned or packaged items each time you shop can be a helpful way to fill your cupboards over time. This is easier on the supply chain than stockpiling food all at once and helps make sure that others can get what they need as well. This pantry planner provides ideas on what may be helpful to include, such as:

  • Grains, like rice and pasta
  • Canned fruits, vegetables and pasta sauces
  • Protein sources such as canned or dried beans and lentils, canned fish and nut butters
  • Pre-packaged soups, chili and other ready-to-eat meals
  • Pet food (if applicable)

Flooding and Your Health

For more information on how flooding can affect your health and safety, including information on food safety and water quality considerations, visit Flooding and Your Health.

Last Updated: November 30, 2021